UAAP Season 81: Former record-holder Hernandez lauds Madayag for new kill blocks record

Mark Escarlote on Mar 22, 2019 02:55 AM
UAAP: Hernandez lauds Madayag for new kill blocks record
You can see in Maddie Madayag's body language that she was giving it all -- former kill blocks in a single game record-holder Celine Hernandez on Maddie Madayag

Former record-holder Celine Hernandez didn’t mind having her long-standing UAAP women’s volleyball kill blocks in a single game standard broken by Maddie Madayag of Ateneo de Manila University on Wednesday.

In fact, the De La Salle University product was impressed by how the Lady Eagles’ middle blocker accomplished the incredible feat.

Madayag tallied 11 kill blocks on her way to scoring a career-high 23 points in a 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11, nail-biter win over University of Sto. Tomas in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.

The graduating Lady Eagle erased the nine kill blocks recorded by the ex-Lady Spiker 11 years ago against Adamson University. 

Hernandez, immediately, tweeted about Madayag’s blocking record right after the match.

“You can see in Maddie Madayag's body language that she was giving it all she has got,” said the 30-year-old Meralco employee. “In the slow-mos, you could see how she ensured an imposing umbrella against the other team's spikers. She wanted to win that game and she ended up winning another victory as well- an exceptional record.”

Unfortunately, Hernandez couldn’t remember when exactly she established  the UAAP record in Season 70, a year that saw DLSU forfeit a number of games after fielding ineligible player Jacq Alarca in the Lady Spikers’ return following the school’s one-year ban.

But Hernandez did recall that it was a hard-fought game filled with stare downs and on-court antics.

“I remember that game. Adamson with (Lizlee Ann) Gata, (Sang) Laguilles, (Janet) Serafica and (Angela) Benting. It was such a tiring game! Hahaha!” said Hernandez, who was also a sportswriter in DLSU’s school paper. “The psy war pa cut across the open spikers to the liberos.”

But Hernandez’s effort at the net was not enough to pull DLSU through as the Lady Falcons walked away with the win.

Adamson eventually entered the Finals in what would be its last championship round stint. The Lady Falcons fell victim to the Rachel Ann Daquis-led Far Eastern University in a swag-filled Finals series. 

Hernandez and DLSU recovered the following year to capture the crown in Manilla Santos’ last season.

Hernandez’s last club volleyball stint was in 2015 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix with Meralco.



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